Radlett vicar urges people to remember those less fortunate than themselves

Borehamwood Times: Rev Javaid Iqbal Rev Javaid Iqbal

A vicar is urging people not to worry about buying children expensive presents, but instead lavish love, time and attention on their children this Christmas.

Last month, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said increased financial pressure in the build-up to Christmas "spoils life" for families across the UK.

Reverend Javaid Iqbal, rector of Aldenham, Radlett and Shenley Team Ministry and vicar of Radlett, today reminded parishioners of this message and urged them to use Christmas to take care of those less fortunate than themselves.

He said: “Giving presents is fine because it is sharing God’s blessings with others at the festival of Christmas, but we should remember that Christmas is Christ’s birthday and he should be the focus of our attention.

“We should be asking ourselves what we can give him along with the shepherds and the Magi.

“Obeying Christ’s teaching we should remember those who are less fortunate, the hungry, the homeless and the lonely.

“On behalf of my own flock, the members of Christ Church and St John’s in Radlett, I wish everyone of all faiths and none a joyous and blessed Christmas.”

He invited people who were not regular parishioners to attend Christmas services at the two churches.

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1:21pm Tue 17 Dec 13

TFEB says...

That message will go down well in Radlett.
That message will go down well in Radlett. TFEB

10:34am Wed 18 Dec 13

david Burcombe says...

I share this sentiment 100%. It is the Birthday of Christ but it has become so commercialized it retracts from the true meaning of Christmas. Some people do not even associate this period of good will to all men and women as the birth of our Lord. Some people are ignorant of the fact that Jesus Christ was a Jew selected to be born to Mary that is from God's chosen people .
I share this sentiment 100%. It is the Birthday of Christ but it has become so commercialized it retracts from the true meaning of Christmas. Some people do not even associate this period of good will to all men and women as the birth of our Lord. Some people are ignorant of the fact that Jesus Christ was a Jew selected to be born to Mary that is from God's chosen people . david Burcombe

10:43am Wed 18 Dec 13

volunteer4d1 says...

I do so agree with this, a friend of mine has bought her 3 little boys of 4 years, 18 months & 2 days old hundreds of presents even though she is already up to her ears & beyond in debt. A couple of presents would have sufficed but her comment is it's tradition' the 18 month wouldn't know if she bought them fewer presents & as for buying presents like cars, & toy monster things for the new baby it's just a waste of money. Far better she give them lots of hugs & kisses
I do so agree with this, a friend of mine has bought her 3 little boys of 4 years, 18 months & 2 days old hundreds of presents even though she is already up to her ears & beyond in debt. A couple of presents would have sufficed but her comment is it's tradition' the 18 month wouldn't know if she bought them fewer presents & as for buying presents like cars, & toy monster things for the new baby it's just a waste of money. Far better she give them lots of hugs & kisses volunteer4d1

3:17pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Unsullied says...

I thought that the person named Jesus was actually born around September time. The early Christians incorporated his birth into the end of December as they could not get the people to give up their adherence to their pagan festival that took place at this time of year.
I thought that the person named Jesus was actually born around September time. The early Christians incorporated his birth into the end of December as they could not get the people to give up their adherence to their pagan festival that took place at this time of year. Unsullied

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